50 After 50--Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life
At age 50, Maria Leonard Olsen drank her way out of her 25-year marriage. She had, against advice, put all her eggs in the motherhood basket, will-fully derailing her successful law career. As teenagers, her precious children did not need her in the hands-on way they previously had. Her husband and she had grown apart because, among other things, they failed to nurture that important relationship. She was depressed and stuck. When she turned 50, she had the distinct feeling that she was on the downward slope of her life. Actuarially speaking, she was. So when she turned 50, her gift to herself was to go on a crusade to make the most of whatever time she had left. She set out to do 50 new things that were significant, at least to her. The list spanned physical challenges, adventure travel, and lifestyle changes. Each taught her something about herself and about how she wanted to lead the next years of her life to come. This work follows the work she did to overcome addiction and trauma to accomplish those 50 new things and shows readers how to make their own action lists – whether it be joining a knitting club or hiking the Himalayas, every item has significance for each individual and speaks to her needs and desires. The list is the match to spark the fire that will light the years after 50. Readers will hear about Maria’s adventures and the rewards of each. Accomplishing new things, learn-ing new skills, deepening personal and spiritual relationships, and seeking out challenges will add the spice to a life that may feel repetitive, insignificant, inauthentic, or just plain boring.
In Her Bones
Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother.
Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered.
Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her.
Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit…
In 1942 war-torn Poland, a Jewish family is murdered by the Nazis, but fifteen year old Hannah Gould miraculously escapes. Alone and desperate, Hannah ultimately makes her way to a group of Jewish partisans in the forests of Belorussia. She is transformed from a sheltered Jewish girl from Warsaw to a partisan leader, nearly losing herself.
Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign
Based upon years of indefatigable research, the author evaluates how Gen. Robert E. Lee used intelligence resources, including cavalry, civilians, newspapers, and spies to gather information about Union activities during his invasion of the North in June and July 1863, and how this intelligence influenced General Lee's decisions.
I Still Want Fireworks
On the one year anniversary of her divorce, former romance author Judith Hill signs up on a well-known online dating site. Now an international flight attendant (with a penchant for dating young, dark, long-haired and exotic), the multi-published fiction writer decides to hedge her innate skepticism with a purposeful plan. She will chronicle her experiences into a humor/how-to memoir geared to other women similarly starting over. There are two problems with her plan . . . technology and the reality of virtual reality dating. When last she dated, a "web site" was where a spider named Charlotte did her thing in a barn for a rat! But worse (for a self avowed techno-idiot) is the world she discovers. Like Alice tumbling down the rabbit-hole, she lands in a foreign and strange place called "Online Dating." Anonymity and superficiality rule, and normal patterns of human behavior and traditional social mores seem not to apply. Before realizing it, she, too, falls victim to the mindset, abandoning her common sense, sexual boundaries - and even her own compassion. Initially jamada (as she is now known by her user ID) is determined to keep to type, ala her last relationship: a 38-year-old Turkish restaurant owner who took her for a midnight swim in a Swiss lake for their first date. Indeed, her first internet experience, with a widowed Italian engineer in his late 40s, appears to perfectly fit her bill - until phone conversations reveal an extreme religious leaning. Undeterred, she moves on to a gorgeous 42-year-old Israeli lawyer who after a month disappears. Suddenly, the online store of long and dark-haired exotic men in the greater Philadelphia area runs out of stock, and jamada is reduced to boring, boorish, gross and old (as in claiming 60, but looking 70). Clearly the 37-year-old Tunisian concierge who asked her out in a Munich hotel lobby does NOT have a slightly older brother or cousin in Philly on Match.com! Then, on the night of her dreaded 60th birthday, as she's sitting on the patio of a local Irish bar sneaking a cigarette, the cosmos delivers a birthday present she does not expect. A broad-shouldered, blond (!), short-haired (!) mechanic enters and sparks fly . . . Written as a weekly journal in an intimate girlfriend to girlfriend style, with chapter titles such as "The Penis Does the Picking," "Goldilocks vs. the Pea Princess" and "Talk Dirty to Me," I STILL WANT FIREWORKS is an hysterical and honest look at life, love and online dating from the perspective of a woman who knows she is old enough to know better. From discourses about wisdom and wrinkles, celibacy vs. settling and "want" as opposed to "need," to forays with texting and sexting strangers, to speed dating, blind dates and bar hook ups, Judith Hill holds nothing back. Fans of her humor blog, singleat60sucks.com, are well acquainted with Judith's unique mix of sex and sass wrapped in wit, humor and bona fide research. While her followers call her "raw, down to earth and amazingly funny," she prefers "irreverent, relavent and bold." I STILL WANT FIREWORKS delivers on all accounts. A candid story of self discovery that will resonate with all women, but particularly with those over 40, this is a must read for any woman curious about online dating. With practical topics such as romance frauds and scams, profile hacking and the social paradoxes and ramifications of online dating, interwoven with real life encounters that are comical, provocative and even frightening, I STILL WANT FIREWORKS is the ultimate girlfriend's guide. Witty, sophisticated and sexy, here is a side of online dating the TV ads don't tell - written by a woman who will dispel every notion and preconception held about a single-at-60-year-old.
Let Dogs Be Dogs
No matter what training techniques you use with your dog, the training is unlikely to be optimally successful unless it is predicated on an understanding of the dog's true nature. Since dogs naturally want to be led, they need focused and compassionate guidance. Through stories and case studies, we reveal how canine nature manifests itself in various behaviors, some potentially disruptive to domestic accord, and show how in addressing these behaviors you can strengthen the bond with your dog as well as keep the peace. The promise of this book is that, especially in an ever-accelerating world filled with digital distractions, you can learn from your dog's example how to live in the moment, thereby enriching your life immeasurably.
The Fifth Column
When your oath is to defend the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, no duration is defined and there is no statute of limitations.... Luke Archer is a retired Special Forces Colonel and CIA operator who never expected or wanted to go back to those days of living in the shadows and at the tip of the spear. But when he wakes up early one morning to the sound of a helicopter landing in his front yard, those hopes and expectations are forever dashed. Called back to Langley, he s asked to identify an elusive terrorist leader, known as The Ghost, who only he can identify. Reluctantly, Archer agrees to assist, and in the aftermath of that operation, his life is turned upside down. Reuniting with his former team members, he learns that an old teammate has been deliberately poisoned with a rare substance that only sophisticated nation-states possess. Launching his own investigation, Archer suddenly finds himself as the FBI s Most Wanted Terrorist, fighting an entrenched government network of high-level officials who will stop at nothing to take over the United States from within. In a deadly race against time, through the unseen corridors of power, Archer uncovers dark forces that threaten the security and stability of the nation, leading to a personal revelation that is all but impossible for him to conceive. Riveting, explosive, and all-too-evocative of today s political environment, The Fifth Column is an unforgettable story that has been torn from todays headlines. =
Beefstew Saves Lives on D-Day
Although earlier amphibious landings on enemy-defended beaches in Europe, Africa, and Pacific islands resulted in high causality rates, costly lessons were not learned and in some cases ignored by the Allies. During the final World War II landings at Normandy, German defenders manning Rommel's "Atlantic Wall" were allowed enough time after the naval shelling had stopped to get to their battle stations and kill 4414 men on the beaches.
Bill Grayson applies his experience with tactical air forces and his military intelligence vision to rethink 1944 Operation OVERLOAD planning to understand how a great many Allied lives could have been saved.
You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up: Tales of the HR Crypt
Inebriated Cover-Up. Revenge Bedlam. Lewd Felon. Vomit Comet. These sound like stories from your last night out—not ones that took place during your regular 9 to 5. Most jobs entail attending meetings, hitting deadlines, and collaborating with coworkers. If all goes well, you’ll forget the HR department even exists. But what happens when the sales team gets drunk at lunch and destroys property? Or when two employees are caught sexting through company messages?
After four decades as an HR executive in corporate America, Denise Messineo has seen it all. She’s mediated conflicts, terminated employments, and bailed people out of jail. In this book, she’s collected her most off-the-wall tales to share. Though she’s changed names and companies to protect the guilty, everything in this collection is real. After all, you can’t make this sh*t up!
From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal
A middle-age look-good-from-the-outside laser technician gets sober, then quits her prestigious scientific career and becomes a stripper. In that darkened world of exotic dance and temptation, she uses her questioning proclivity to learn to value her body and sexuality, discern her own morality, and move through and away from other addictions such as men, sex, money and attention. Successfully staying present in her body and regarding herself with greater self-respect and love, she recovers internal approval and validation which ultimately leads her to meet then marry someone whom she can have a mature, responsible, addiction-free life with.
Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball
Pinball's history is America's history, from gambling and war-themed machines to the arcade revolution and, ultimately, the decline of the need to leave your house. Formerly ranked in the top 100 pinball players in the world, humor writer Adam Ruben visits pinball museums, gaming conventions, pinball machine designers, and even pinball factories in his attempt to discover what makes the world's best players, the real wizards, so good. Along the way, Ruben examines the bigger story of pinball's invention, ascent, near defeat, resurgence, near defeat again, and struggle to find its niche in modern society.
Lost Treasures of the Heart
After architect Jonathan West learns his wife has been unfaithful. he goes fishing in North Carolina's Outer Banks. trying to figure our what to do about his marriage. He's shocked when he sees a ghost ship with a spectral woman on board, gazing at him with a plea in her eyes.
In an old sea chest that washes ashore, he fins a journal and a miniature portrait belonging to Kate Russel, captain of the Royal Thomas, which sank in 1721. It's the same woman Jonathan saw on the ghost ship, and her journal describes in her own words a life of piracy and sweeping romance. As past and present collide, he starts seeing her everywhere. He knows she wants something from him and believes if he can find a way to help her, her spirit will finally rest.
Stuck in the Onesies
You'll fall in love with Barb and Ellie, two housewives, raising kids in the tumultuous 60’s in the D.C. suburbs. Their antics make Lucy and Ethel look tame as they evolve from the Donna Reed lifestyle to that of independent women without taking part in the bra-burning marches. Their husbands, Jake and Will, are also as close as brothers and the friendship becomes more like family than friends.
The Hapsburg Variation
In 1955, as the Allies prepare to sign the State Treaty granting Vienna its independence, CIA Deputy Chief of Station Karl Baier becomes enmeshed in the case of a murdered Austrian aristocrat. Then his wife, Sabine, is kidnapped, and he suspects a connection. The stakes rise along with the danger as his investigation takes him from Vienna to Berlin, London, Scotland, and finally Budapest.
Never Been Good
Flynn Maguire isn’t really a bad guy. Sure, he worked for the mob, but he ran a legitimate business—on paper anyway—and it paid enough to keep his brother out of the lifestyle. Until they turned on him. Now he’s stuck in Witness Protection, tending bar in Nowheresville Oregon… and pissed the life he knew is gone. The only bright spot? Fantasizing about his quiet, secretive, beautiful coworker.
Sierra Williams is a woman on the run. All she wants now is to settle into small town life… and ignore the brooding, sexy bartender who can’t seem to take his eyes off her. Flynn’s bad-boy vibe pushes all her buttons, but Sierra fell for the wrong man once already. She can’t afford to let her guard down again. Except Flynn’s tough exterior is slowly melting away to reveal the sweet man beneath and their attraction is too strong to resist.
Sierra and Flynn are falling fast, but they’re both keeping so many secrets. The truth could ruin everything… unless a girl who’s a little bad is perfect for a guy who’s never really been good.
A disgraced journalist stumbles on a story that will let him reclaim his career, but redemption comes with a price: he must place his faith in the racist senator he once exposed as a murderer.
Fast-rising star Dan Patragno is thinking Pulitzer until he violates one of journalism’s key tenets and winds up blackballed from the industry. Career shot, marriage in tatters and bills looming, he takes the only job he can find – manager at a local Laundromat.
As Dan struggles to accept his new station, a fateful note arrives from ex-Senator Mac McCauley offering a jailhouse interview. If the story McCauley offers is true, it will rock the political world and open Dan’s path back to the industry he loves
Written originally as history articles for High Tide News, a local newspaper, Sandie offers there varied narratives of Sussex County because local history matters to her. Local natives and newcomers alike, will enjoy reading and learning about events, places, traditions, industries, people, and pastimes that chronicle Sussex County's past. Indeed, Sussex has a storied past!
Eastern Shore Road Trips
Much more than a travel guide, Eastern Shore Road Trips is full of tales from days gone by and insights into the character and culture of the storied Delmarva Peninsula. Join award-winning writer Jim Duffy and his wife, the photographer Jill Jasuta, on 27 fun excursions along the back roads, into the quaint towns, and out to the sweetest scenes on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware.
Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII
At the height of World War II, the US Army Airforce faced a desperate need for skilled pilots—but only men were allowed in military airplanes, even if the expert pilots who were training them to fly were women. Through grit and pure determination, 1,100 of these female pilots—who had to prove their worth time and time again—were finally allowed to ferry planes from factories to bases, to tow targets for live ammunition artillery training, to test repaired planes and new equipment, and more.
Though the WASPs lived on military bases, trained as military pilots, wore uniforms, marched in review, and sometimes died violently in the line of duty, they were civilian employees and received less pay than men doing the same jobs and no military benefits, not even for burials.
Their story is one of patriotism, the power of positive attitudes, the love of flying, and the willingness to do good with no concern for personal gain.
Beach Fun: Poems of Surf and Sun
From sand castles to sea gulls, from swimming to kite flying, rhythmic, light-hearted poems capture the fun of a visit to the beach. Gorgeous photographs further evoke the magic of the beach and provide a perfect complement to the text. The book is designed for children ages 4-12 but will appeal to beach lovers of all ages
On to Africa
On To Africa follows the exploits of a young man, William Connolly. Growing up in South Boston Irish Catholic, Connolly graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, got his first job as the Third Mate on Moore- McCormack line freighter MorMacPride sailing to South America only to discover larceny, smuggling and murder among the crew members.
Living My Shadows
"They told me I wouldn't live to be 2 yrs. old because they found me starving on someone's porch.... I'm 55 now.... They told me I wasn't smart enough and that I didn't need a higher education...... I have an AA, BS and MS. They told me I would never be part of anything worthwhile. I'm a member of MD-Military-Holding-Lodge No. 122 - MWPHGL of Maryland, The Monday Cub (Oldest Social Club for African-American Men in Delaware and maybe the Nation--1876) recently resigned, The Drill Sergeant Association, and Bethel AME Church to name a few. They told me the Army wasn't the way to go and I was wasting my time and the organization wouldn't teach me anything. I was Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Detachment NCOIC, CID Investigator, Drill Sergeant and an EO Advisor for 5,000 Soldiers and Civilians just to name a few. It has taught me a lot. They told me I couldn't run a full marathon. I finished in the top half. They told me I was too small for martial arts--I received a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido and a Red Sash (Chamber 5) in Kung-Fu. They told me that I will fail in life. The Lord has blessed me with a lovely wife, four grown men (sons), a lovely stepdaughter, and six grandchildren. It was rough getting there, but I'm here." (Started from the bottom) They told me I would never, never find my bloodline. Well, I found my birth mother, father, sisters and brothers and a host of cousins and combined my bloodline to my family that raised me and taught me everything I needed to know about life altogether into one big happy family. I now have two mothers and fathers. THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME THOSE THINGS.... KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, AND LIVE YOUR DREAMS. MAKE NO EXCUSES.... “
As the image on the holoscreen comes into focus, Kalar wonders how many more mornings he has left waking to a Terrainian Sunrise. Kalar Dien a thirty-one-year-old, holophisicist in New America in the year 2080 takes us on a journey with his sister Charin, his friend and co-worker Ben Adams, and a myriad of characters when they are commissioned by his employer and eventually the government, to assist in thwarting a threat to life on Terra.
Shadow of the Lions
How long must we pay for the crimes of our youth? That is just one question that Christopher Swann explores in this compulsively readable debut, a literary thriller set in the elite—and sometimes dark—environs of Blackburne, a prep school in Virginia. When Matthias Glass’s best friend Fritz vanishes without a trace in the middle of an argument during their senior year, Matthias tries to move on with his life, only to realize that until he discovers what happened to his missing friend, he will be stuck in the past—guilty, responsible, alone.
Death in Disguise
Teenage girls are being murdered in Los Angeles. Four in one week. The latest victim isn’t like the others—not a runaway or prostitute—but a nanny working for a celebrity couple.
And this has Sibeal “Beth” Getty, perplexed. Beth, an Irish born fashion model gifted with an uncanny sixth sense, was acquainted with the nanny and knew of her aspirations to become an actress. The veiled motive for the deaths haunt Beth and after reading the nanny’s stolen diary, she is hell-bent on unraveling the mystery surrounding the slain teens. But she doesn’t know the first thing about conducting a murder investigation, that’s her detective husband’s line. With a healthy dose of determination and her intuition on high gear, Beth forges onward. She begins to link unconnected details and stumbles into a tangled web of deception that makes clear, nothing is as it seems.
A Boy From Bethesda
It's Bethesda Maryland back in the day. A heartwarming and ultimately heart-wrenching story of the life of Johnny O’Brien. A Boy From Bethesda interweaves camaraderie and romance and a yearning for the past that will appeal to a wide audience of men and women and young and old.